orn in Newcastle on 24th September, 1899.
He studied art in London and Holland on a scholarship before returning to Sydney to teach.
A 3 time Archibald Prize winner, he won the 1943 prize for a controversial portrait of fellow painter Joshua Smith. Many considered this entry as a caricature and not a portrait. Court action followed on for two years. The portrait was later destroyed in a fire.
His Wangi Boy sold in 1998 for $497,500.
Bill Dobell was knighted in 1966 and died in 1970.
|William Dobell - Margaret Olley 1948 Archibald|